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Ann Curry

The Final Cut

Is In the Works

6/27/2012 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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In the case of Ann Curry and the "Today" show -- the writing is not only on the wall, it's in the editing room, because we've learned producers are already preparing Ann's farewell montage ... network sources tell TMZ.

Our sources -- and they are impeccable -- tell us they are determined to cut a deal with Ann by week's end.  We're told the deal is not closed yet -- as we reported, Ann wants her contract paid off in full to the tune of $20 million.  She also wants to leave the network.  NBC offered her a measly $10 mil and a diminished role in the news department.  We're told there has been "some movement," but the parties haven't struck a deal ... yet.

We're told NBC wants Savannah Guthrie -- Ann's replacement -- firmly in place before the Olympics so they can showcase her next to Matt Lauer.

One more thing ... There are reports "Today" news anchor, Natalie Morales, wants to leave the network because she's pissed off that she's now been passed over twice for the co-anchor job.  We're told -- by people who absolutely know -- that story is "total baloney."  We're told Natalie "loves her job and she's completely happy with what she's doing."

Maybe Natalie figured it out -- co-hosting "Today" is high risk.
 

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Slomoshun    

This just in: Nobody gives a FUQ about morning TV shows.

855 days ago
17.

janebug    

Matt should look at history. Bryant G. acted the same way pushing people out whom he felt threatened by and look where he is. Anybody know? Right, he's nowhere these days and same will happen to Matt down the road.

855 days ago
18.

silk    

It's a shame that NBC uses Curry as a scapegoat for the failure of the Today Show. No one should believe that Curry, all by herself, lower the ratings of the Today Show. It's a team's work and she just caught in the fire. So the ratings fell again, they are going to fire Guthrie and replaced her? How stupid can that be?

855 days ago
19.

Porcelain Cougar    

An avid Today Show watcher, this story is just sad because Ann Curry has a great heart.
Meredith Viera came on to guest host, it was clear what Today had lost with her departure. Natalie? interrupts guests consistently in interviews. Savanna is fine where she is. A co- anchor is a tall order, must have great charisma, ask the hard hitting questions, and have chemistry with rest of the "cast" I don't "see' anyone that's already there in this spot. NBC needs to keep searching.

855 days ago
20.

Mia    

I give up on the Today show, I LOVE Ann Curry and Natalie Morales, but Matt is so arrogant it's coming out of his pores, and Savanna Guthrie is a lightweight - she's goof for weekends. Alas the Today show is not what it used to be.

855 days ago
21.

parlayer    

can i help pay her if it will hurry the process up?? don't watch, she freaked me out while channel surfing.

855 days ago
22.

Pudding Tang    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iaU3WAOACo

855 days ago
23.

sean    

Yes she's being booted out on a fancy pink pillow aka 10-20 MIl, but none the less she is being booted off the show. I think it's an expensive crappy way to treat someone. Here is 10-20 million now go the FACK away. OK. lol

855 days ago
24.

Barb    

Stick to your guns, Ann. They should get rid of Matt.

855 days ago
25.

Meme    

What's the real story? Has Matt Lauer had improper relations with Natalie Morales? Either way this show is a mess.

855 days ago
26.

Susan    

Ann is too weak, Savannah is boring & stupid. Natalie is ok & Matt is arrogant. NBC needs to completely clean house. No wonder ABC is better.

855 days ago
27.

ct    

I tend to notice alittle bit of a generation gap, in terms of on air talent. Lauer may not look it,but he's in his mid 50's. He's no spring chicken. He apparently still thinks television news is in the mid 90's. As evidence of his power trying to get rid of curry and a 30 mil contract. In fact, They said Curry hadnt had a tv agent in years(unrealistic for everyone else). It's not about the talent, to me it's a matter of graphics and how they brand them selves. The today show's not going to be number one forever.

855 days ago
28.

Pudding Tang    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iaU3WAOACo

855 days ago
29.

Lekili    

If the powers that be would read some of the responses here they would see that Matt is the problem, not Ann. Matt felt threatened by Ann because she's smarter and more in depth than Matt. You're getting rid of the wrong person and your ratings will reflect that.

855 days ago
30.

sidithers    

Matt Loser is a tool
Happen to see this morning when Ann went first to shake a guests hand and Matt Loser cut her off to shake hands and left Ann hanging for a bit!

855 days ago
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